Although we’ve all heard about how dangerous distracted driving is, it remains an ongoing, nationwide, public safety epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S., approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers every day. While texting behind the wheel is a huge problem on roadways in California and across the nation, that’s not the only type of distraction that can cause dangerous and potentially deadly cases of driver inattention. The CDC is hoping to help inform the public about what constitutes as dangerous and distracted behavior behind the wheel.
Three Types of Distraction
- Visual: taking your eyes off of the roadway.
- Manual: taking your hands off of the wheel.
- Cognitive: taking your mind off of the task of driving.
Distractions Behind The Wheel
Just about anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving is a distraction. Whether you’re reaching for something you dropped, changing the radio station or eating a snack, you’re taking your attention away from the roadway. Many people still think they can safely “multi-task” behind the wheel. Nothing could be further from the truth. While you can switch between certain tasks very quickly, you can’t actually do two things at once safely, behind the wheel. Any task, item or thought that doesn’t involve actively and safely driving will diminish your ability to safely operate an automobile.
Distracted Driving Deaths on The Rise
- In 2013, there were 3,154 distracted driving-related deaths.
- In 2014, there were 3,179 distracted driving-related deaths.
- In 2015, there were 3,477 distracted driving-related deaths.
Distracted Driving Accidents
In some cases, additional investigative efforts will be necessary to determine if distracted driving was a factor in a crash. Your Personal Injury attorney can stay abreast of all investigative developments and details and help to get you the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injury accident. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.